Interaction of Psychological Factors in Shaping Entrepreneurial Intention Among Computer and Electrical Engineering Students

Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 5-29.

26 Pages Posted: 19 May 2016

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Chao-Tung Liang

Lunghwa University of Science and Technology (LHU)

Jia-Ling Lee

Shih Hsin University

Chaoyun Liang

National Taiwan University

Date Written: May 17, 2016

Abstract

Numerous technopreneurs start their ventures at college age, but the entrepreneurship of computer and electrical engineering (CEE) students remains under-studied. This study analysed both the combined and interactive effects of psychological factors on the entrepreneurial intentions of CEE students. In this study, entrepreneurial intention comprised two dimensions, conviction and preparation. Regarding the direct effects, the results indicated that self-efficacy affected entrepreneurial conviction the most, followed by negative emotion, intrinsic motivation, and metacognition. Negative emotion affected entrepreneurial preparation the most, followed by self-efficacy and positive emotion. The results also revealed several crucial interactive effects resulting from psychological factors. An increase in cognitive load increased the entrepreneurial intention of students exhibiting high intrinsic motivation and reduced the intention of students exhibiting low intrinsic motivation. An increase in metacognition increased the entrepreneurial conviction of students exhibiting either high or low intrinsic motivation. An increase in positive emotion reduced the entrepreneurial intention of students exhibiting high negative emotion and increased the intention of students exhibiting low negative emotion. An increase in self-efficacy increased the entrepreneurial intention of students exhibiting either high or low negative emotion.

Keywords: computer and electrical engineering (CEE), entrepreneurial intention, interactive effects, psychological factors, university students.

Suggested Citation

Liang, Chao-Tung and Lee, Jia-Ling and Liang, Chaoyun, Interaction of Psychological Factors in Shaping Entrepreneurial Intention Among Computer and Electrical Engineering Students (May 17, 2016). Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 5-29.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781000

Chao-Tung Liang (Contact Author)

Lunghwa University of Science and Technology (LHU) ( email )

Taiwan

Jia-Ling Lee

Shih Hsin University ( email )

Taipei
Taiwan

Chaoyun Liang

National Taiwan University ( email )

1 Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road
Taipei 106, 106
Taiwan

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